The Friends & Members of 750 Words

750 Words exists because of mutual good will between the people that run this site (Buster & Kellianne) and the people who use it (you). The site wouldn't exist without the generosity, patience, and humor of everyone involved. For the first 3+ years that the site was running (Dec 2009 to May 2013), the site was free to use but with some encouragement to donate. That served us well (and most importantly, generated enough income to keep the site up), but as the site grew the need for support also grew.

On June 12th 2013, all existing users of the site were given lifetime free accounts (we hope you'll continue to donate when you can). New accounts created after June 12th, 2013 are now required to become members within 30 days after signing up in order to keep writing. Everyone will always have access to previous writings, stats, etc, even if they choose not to become members.

We're listening to your feedback and want to make sure that first and foremost, we offer a friendly and safe place for people to dump their private thoughts. I expect that we'll continue to adjust the way this all works for the near term. Thanks for being an awesome community!

Who runs this site?

Our names are Buster and Kellianne, we live in Berkeley, California with our son Niko, and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

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illustrated journaling

I love buster’s site. It encourages me to write each and every day.

I’ve been journaling in a book for years and also have used many electronic journals but this site gives me pictures at the end of my writing session. Now that is cool.

I like pictures and words together.

In the last three years, to augment my words, I’ve been adding small sketches (examples at the web site). The small, simple drawings have help me remember the feel of the event or day. I call this “illustrated journaling” and here’s how it works:

1) Get a blank journal
2) Carry it with you during the day.
3) At breakfast, lunch, or some other time draw something small that is sitting right in front of you as you relax.
4) At the end of the day, add words around the sketch
5) Optional: add color to the sketch (use watercolor or colored pencils, whatever)

At the end of the year you’ll have an awesome illustrated journal like no other you’ve ever kept.

…dave
Drawing is just taking a line for a walk.

Self-Promotional Note from Anonymous on Fri, Apr 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from Mrs. Frank McGurk on Wed, Mar 31
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I hope you lose MacInnis.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Dusty Mancinelli on Tue, Mar 30
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Dusty – would you like to swop names with me?

One Month Challenge Bounty from Louise Campbell on Tue, Mar 30
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do it!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Christian Hofmann on Tue, Mar 30
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365 Hats

Along the lines of the daily challenge, 365 Hats is a blog about knitting a tiny hat every day for charity. Full of random acts of kindness, random colour/fibre combinations and random commentary. Thanks! :)

Self-Promotional Note from Lottie Lodge on Fri, Apr 02
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750 words has been a revelation. I’d never considered the idea of private journaling before and while I dropped the ball pretty big time in March, I’ve seen all kinds of benefits to getting my thoughts down and out of my head and can’t wait to pick up the torch again in April.

Testimonial Note from Keith Robinson on Mon, Mar 29
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Buster, you commented last night on my blog posting where I was griping about this site being down for a few hours. Your note was yet another example of the high quality of service and product you provide for people and patrons alike. Keep up the excellent work and best of luck in daddyland.

Double Down on Charity Note from Gilbert Erik Garcia on Mon, Mar 29
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I found this site just as I was discovering my desire to write. Looking back now I can see how writing had been a big thing in my life but I never thought about it properly until I found this site. I love it. I want to write all the time because I genuinely find it to be inspirational. It’s therapeutic. It feels natural and the words just flow from my mind, through my fingers and onto this brilliant site.

I have an overwhelming desire to shake Buster Benson’s hand for this gift he has given us. That is exactly what it is… a gift. I applaud him for it, wish him the best of luck for his life, his endeavours, his family and to his overall success.

This site deserves more than a mere $4 from me. But I’ll do what I can.

Thank you, so much.

Testimonial Note from Jason Greenman Cosgravey on Mon, Mar 29
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Buster, I missed out on completing my 750 words yesterday by 6 minutes. I had spent too long in the grocery story at 11 p.m deciding what kind of cake mix to buy and didn’t leave myself enough time to complete my entry before midnight. Like Cinderella I was hoping against hope that the dreaded 12 would stay its chiming for a few moments longer. Alas, your fail safe mechanism kicked me out at something less than 600 words. So I got picked up where I left off and got Sunday’s writing done at 12:25 a.m.

I love the motivation 750Words gives me. THANKS.

Testimonial Note from Ken Bosma on Mon, Mar 29
1 cup

If you, random person in the internets ether, have been umm-ing and ahh-ing about 750 words, let me make the decision for you – sign up, now.

Everything from the simple but beautifully elegant interface counting up to your 750 words through to the statistical analysis of your own 750 word brain dump has been a real treat.

I have tried Julia Cameron’s written version of the morning pages, but never kept up with it- thanks to 750 words, I am on a nine day streak. More importantly, I have started to make some shifts in my own life based on what I have written and how I have sorted out my brain. Good life shifts and insights. Who wouldn’t want those? (Well, maybe those of the curmudgeonly persuasion. I am sure 750 words will help them to be more bitter and jaded, if that is their goal).

I am glad to be a patron and will continue to raise my cup(s) of patronage to 750 Words in the future.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Mar 28
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I’m so grateful for 750words! This site has helped me regain confidence with regards to my ability to just get words down on a page and clear my head of clutter. It’s a fantastic resource, and one I’ve been recommending to my friends. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Cislyn Smith on Sun, Mar 28
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An iPhone/iPad app

I’m planning to use iPad as a laptop replacement for everything besides software development. (I am probably insane.) Though 750Words is usable in the browser, a custom app would be pretty great.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Mar 28
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Goodluck!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ethan Siegel on Sat, Mar 27
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I am so glad to have found 750 words. Buster makes the coolest stuff that makes me think about what I’m doing and keep track of it.
Reflection is wonderful and now that I have a space that isn’t public, but is available and will give me all sorts of statistics it’s getting my creative juices flowing and resulting in doing more stuff both publicly and privately.
Thanks and cheers!

Testimonial Note from Chris Campbell on Sat, Mar 27
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Introspection is awesome! :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Christine Heflinger on Sat, Mar 27
3 cups

Thank-you so much Buster for all your hard work on this site. It is very useful to me. Looking forward to all the new features! Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Shannon on Sat, Mar 27
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Buy Back!

I would like to be able to buy my way back into the Monthly Challenge. Like say a drunk bee totally monopolized my day, I could trade you some lattes for a little amnesty. I seriously fear the Wall of Shame. You should exploit that for money. : )

New Feature Request Note from Heather Burgess on Sat, Mar 27
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Years ago I used to write every day, but I fell out of the habit, especially since I wrote online and found myself having to censor what I was really feeling. It was something I missed a lot, but nothing I’d tried had gotten me back into the habit.

Today is the start of week four. The motivation of seeing things x-ed off, the badges, watching the word counter increase and wondering how fast I can get to 750 words today and what my total will be when I’m done – all of that has helped me keep up with it.

Thank you for helping me find my words again.

Testimonial Note from sylk on Fri, Mar 26
9 cups

Though I’ve missed a few days on the site due to travel/connectivity issues, I did my own offline journaling on those days and this site’s gotten me into the habit of writing at length every single day. It’s worked so well that this month I challenged myself to do 1000 words a day. It was a success! Next month it’ll be 1250 :) Thanks so much Buster!

Testimonial Note from Jack Cheng on Fri, Mar 26
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The site’s awesome, obviously, but yesterday I got a distraction ding because my internet connection and/or browser went flaky. I posted on the support site, and less than 24 hours later Buster fixed the problem!

I’m very impressed with all the support / features / updates …basically everything Buster brings to the site and community.

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

Testimonial Note from Brian Cho on Fri, Mar 26
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You earned it, kids.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Darby Michael MacInnis on Fri, Mar 26
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"Too Write" List

A quick note of what to write about the following day or in the near future.

Maybe you have read or thought of something later that day you want to journal about. Log into the website, and type it in real quick as reminder to explore those thoughts the next day.

Another implementation involves sending a message, i.e. an email or text, to your 750words.com account and have the list without having to login. This would open the door for mobile updates.

What do you think of the name? It’s intended to be a play on “To-do” lists while at the same time connotating more writing.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Thu, Mar 25
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Transfer account option

I’d love to be able to decouple my account from Facebook and transition it to my Google account. I’m trying to close my Facebook account and this is one of the last sites that has me tied to it. Think that will ever be a possibility?

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Mar 24
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<3

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jack Cheng on Wed, Mar 24
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Daily Summary Email

I would love to receive the previous days daily statistics summary each morning via email.

New Feature Request Note from Britt Crawford on Wed, Mar 24
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Daily Summary Email

I’d love to receive the daily statistics summary for the previous day every morning via email.

New Feature Request Note from Britt Crawford on Wed, Mar 24
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Thanks so much for this site! I generally like to keep my writing on paper and pen, but who am I kidding, this is so much easier for someone who moves around as much as I do and it’s so much more fun! I’m majoring in engineering and mathematics so it’s really cool to write and also see an analysis of my writing. Thanks again, and keep it up!

Testimonial Note from Nickolai Belakovski on Wed, Mar 24
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Lindsey Arnold on Tue, Mar 23
2 cups

Yay!

Double Down on Charity Note from Brian Banuag on Tue, Mar 23